Mother Of 4-Year-Old Found At 3 A.M. Has History Of Similar Crimes

Wednesday, April 20th 2011, 7:02 pm
By: News 9

Dana Hertneky, News 9

MIDWEST CITY, Oklahoma -- A woman who's 4-year-old daughter was found knocking on a strangers door at 3 a.m. Tuesday has a history of similar crimes, according to police records.

Rhiannon Tosto was charged with child neglect back in 2003 after her 4-year-old son was found running around in a street by himself.

"There was a child coming up the street and it was cold, cold that day," said Debbie Paul, who found the child."I got him out of the street, talked to him, he told me what his name was I went down the street and I could get no one to answer the door."

Police said they later found Tosto sleeping in the house. She did not know her son had been out walking for almost an hour.

Six months earlier, Tosto's 14-month-old brother Thomas died while in her care.

Police said she put the baby to down for a nap on her mother's bed but when she came back to check on him the baby's head was through the wrought iron footboard, and he wasn't breathing.

No charges were ever filed in that case

"The investigative information says that was accidental and no criminal investigation was pursued and no information was presented to the district attorney's office," said Capt. Patrick Stewart of the OKCPD.

Tosto's name is now back in front of the D.A., this time after her 4-year-old daughter knocked on a Midwest City door at 3 a.m. Tuesday.

Tosto and her husband Randy said they drove home to Oklahoma City and didn't realize their daughter wasn't there until they got home.

News 9 did try to talk to Rhiannon Tosto, but no one came to the door.

Rhiannon and Randy Tosto face one count of child endangerment each for this latest case.

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